Breast Cancer

After skin cancer, breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer that affects American women. The expert OB/GYN team at The Women's Center screens for breast cancer at at Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Orlando, Oviedo, St. Cloud, Winter Park, Narcossee and Hunters Creek, FL. Breast cancer is easiest to treat when it’s caught early. Please call our at Altamonte Springs, Celebration, Orlando,  Oviedo, St. Cloud, Winter Park, and Hunters Creek, FL offices to make an appointment today.

Breast Cancer Q & A

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer happens when malignant (cancerous) cells develop in the breast tissues. Your breasts contain various structures, including lobes made up of tiny bulbs that create milk and ducts that carry the milk to the nipple.

The most common type of breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma, begins in the cells of the ducts. There are many other types of breast cancer, some of which may even affect men.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast cancer symptoms vary depending on the type of cancer you have. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • A lump in the breast or underarm area
  • Change in breast size or shape
  • Fluid other than breast milk leaking from the nipple
  • A nipple that suddenly turns inward
  • Dimpling or puckering of breast skin
  • Redness, swelling, or scaly skin on the breast

You should schedule an appointment at The Women’s Center right away if you notice any of these changes.

Who is at risk for breast cancer?

Both men and women get breast cancer, but this disease is much more common in women. Though many women who get breast cancer have no risk factors other than being a woman, certain conditions may increase your risk, such as:

  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Personal history of breast cancer
  • Inherited changes in the BRCA genes
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Taking hormone therapy medications
  • Starting menstruation before age 12
  • Having never been pregnant

Increasing age is the greatest risk factor, not only for breast cancer but most types of cancer as well. Additionally, lifestyle factors such as being obese and drinking alcohol may increase your risk of developing breast cancer.

How do you screen for breast cancer?

The kind and compassionate team at The Women’s Center performs breast exams to screen for cancer as part of your routine well-woman visit. Women who are older or are at greater risk for breast cancer may receive additional tests, such as:

  • 3D mammogram
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI

If your provider at The Women’s Center finds a lump or abnormal growth in your breast, they may remove a small amount of tissue for laboratory testing, called a biopsy.

To learn more about breast cancer testing and prevention, call The Women’s Center at our Hunter’s Creek location to book an appointment.

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